Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Personal Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

  • Tiffany C. H. LeungEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_272


Personal social responsibility is generally referred to individuals who have moral responsiblity for their moral actions and to behave as good members of society (Crane and Matten 2016; Gray et al. 2014).

Introduction of Personal Social Responsibility

The notion of personal social responsibility has been widely discussed and has not provided the simple answer. In order to understand personal social responsibility, individuals try to understand what it is to be human beings and how individuals to behave as good members of society (Gray et al. 2014). There is the subtle and implicit relationship between morality and responsibility. Individuals are responsible for their moral actions, while individuals articulate their responsibilities for themselves.

In particular, morality tends to seek right and wrong solutions in the society and individuals will often rely on two main ethical positions: (1) ethical absolutism that is universally applicable moral principles and (2) ethical...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Professional Education and Executive Development, College of Professional and Continuing EducationThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA